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K-12 Spring Webinar Series, Contemporary Middle East in Context: “The Unwinnable War: The U.S. in Afghanistan” with journalist Rozina Ali (virtual) Tuesday, April 5 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

April 5, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Between February and April 2022, K-14 educators in the U.S. and around the world are invited to a three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues in the Middle East with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session will feature a different issue that demonstrates how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Content experts will introduce important contemporary issues before delving back into the past to explore how we arrived at our present moment. Attending teachers will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history and current events, as well as ideas about incorporating this information into classrooms.


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The U.S.’s 2001 invasion of Afghanistan led to its longest war, and cost $2.3 trillion. This session will explore: how did the Taliban, the enemy that the U.S. wanted to eradicate, end up taking power in Kabul? And what is the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan now?

Rozina Ali is a fellow at Type Media Center. Her reporting and essays on the Middle East, the War on Terror, and Islamophobia in the United States have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Guardian, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. She was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker from 2015 to 2019, and was previously a senior editor at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs based in Cairo, Egypt.

“Contemporary Middle East in Context” is a collaboration between the two National Resource Centers (NRCs) of the Consortium for Middle East Studies at Duke University-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and of the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. It has been funded by Title VI grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to these NRCs.


UNC-Chapel Hill


April 5, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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